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Address: 19 Mann Island | Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 1BP, England
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+44 151 236 6768
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Tue - Sun 10:30 - 17:30
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Founded in 1977 Open Eye is an independent not-for-profit photography...

Founded in 1977 Open Eye is an independent not-for-profit photography gallery based in Liverpool.We are one of the UK’s leading photography spaces, and the only gallery dedicated to photography and related media in the North West of England.Open Eye has consistently championed photography as an art form that is relevant to everyone. We promote the practice, enjoyment and understanding of photography by creating challenging and entertaining opportunities to experience and appreciate distinctive, innovative photographs.As well as presenting a programme of international, high-quality exhibitions we also house a permanent Archive containing photographs from the 1930s to the present day.We support established and emerging artists, developing practical, critical and professional skills among photography practitioners; we also offer training and development opportunities to people within our local community.

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On this visit (changes often) there were photos I thought excellent- my taste. This gallery is small and the displays vary wildly but it is always worth visiting on the off chance... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On this visit (changes often) there were photos I thought excellent- my taste. This gallery is small and the displays vary wildly but it is always worth visiting on the off chance you will see something that appeals - its free.Dont pass by go in. Staff eally nice and enthusiastic

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

We read a mouthwatering review in the Guardian last week about a northern fashion exhibition at the Open Eye gallery in Liverpool. My Hubby and I both coming from Manchester and having cutting our late teens and early twenties feet on the floor of the Hacienda amongst many other iconic Manc dancefloors, we were very excited to venture down to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Wonderful little space Superb building Visiting the exhibition on Northern Culture with daughter who is at the University of Liverpool. Well worth seeking out - great little bookshop as well

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Llanymynech, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

We were intrigued by the galley from a previous visit to Liverpool and decided to make a trip from Cheshire. Being an amateur photographer myself I anticipated that the gallery would contain images which I would find interesting. To say it was a disappointment would be an understatement, the exhibits were very "abstract" and uninteresting and as far as I... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

You wouldn't even know this place was here. I stopped in one day, the place is very small, there is only a few rooms. The photos and them was very interesting though. It isn't somewhere I would come out of my way too, but worth a visit if you are passing

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

I tend to visit each time there is a new exhibition. I must say that the work us not always to my taste, but photography is a very diverse subject and cannot ever appeal to everyone. It is a veritable oasis of peace and calm and always well worth a visit. There are events held, and the shop has a... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

The gallery is on the small side but has lots to show and is very modern and a very unusual gift shop too.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

Small gallery but the exhibition we saw was great. Well laid out, pleasant staff also. They had a children's activity outside when we visited Saturday. Massive space however, feel like they could use it a bit better.

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2015

The exhibition this weekend was about the LGBT communities, although we have no connection with them we found it very interesting, especially the part showing the Gay & TG people living in the culverts of Jamaica. Worth seeing just for that.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

So very simple and small space. Current exhibit as of 15/10/15 is called Rise by photographer Zanele Muholi. Her work is primarily portraits of South African LGBT community. The substantial amounts of monochrome portraits were stunning. There was a wealth of additional information. The pamphlet and accompanying films provided fascinating context. Two delightful knowledgeable staff on front of house were... More 

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